Pray the Psalms

Some Facts about the Psalms

  • There are 150 psalms
  • David wrote about half of them
  • There are different types of psalms

Types of Psalms

  • Hymn
  • Thanksgiving
  • Lament
  • Royal
  • Wisdom
  • Pilgrimage or procession
  • Prophetic speech

What else?

The psalms cover the entire range of human emotion and experience and so can be very helpful in prayer. One-third of the psalms are psalms of lament, which reminds us that it is okay to pour out our heart and soul to God, our anger, disappointment, frustration, all of it! He knows it, tell him. It helps.

No matter the type of psalm, I always feel comforted, knowing that I am not alone in the emotion I am experiencing.

Psalm Suggestions

  • 34, Thanksgiving to God who Delivers the Just
  • 97, The Divine Ruler of All
  • 142, A Prayer in time of Trouble

Read and pray a psalm each day this week. Tell us your favorite in the comments.

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